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Is this schedule doable?

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by A Doctor Maybe, Sep 30, 2014.

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  1. A Doctor Maybe

    A Doctor Maybe

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    I am taking a 3 year pre-med program and condensing it into 3 semesters. This is the only way, or I will have to pursue other careers.

    SPRING 2015

    Bio1 w/ LAB
    Gen Chem 1 w/ LAB
    Physics w/ LAB
    Upper level business Class

    SUMMER 2015

    Gen chem 2 w/ LAB
    Orgo 1 w/ LAB

    FALL 2015

    Physics 2 LAB
    Genetics LAB
    Orgo 2 LAB
    Upper level business class

    Spring 2016

    Biochem
    Cell Bio
    Easy Elective (3 credit)
    Easy Elective (1 credit)
    STUDY FOR MCAT


    Apply to med school


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    How brutal is this schedule? Would it be manageable while being an RA at my school? I am in a significant time crunch so it really is either get through this schedule or pursue big pharma business side.

    Thanks! :)
     
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  3. mik30102

    mik30102 5+ Year Member

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    Are you only taking the labs? If so it should be quite doable!
     
  4. Boolean

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    Incredibly doable.
     
  5. J Senpai

    J Senpai Grab my arm. Other arm. MY other arm. 5+ Year Member

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    Absolutely. GL.
     
  6. A Doctor Maybe

    A Doctor Maybe

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    Sorry for any confusion.. it is the class *and* the lab if that changes anything. Your responses are encouraging! :)
     
  7. J Senpai

    J Senpai Grab my arm. Other arm. MY other arm. 5+ Year Member

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    That makes it harder but it should still be doable if you put in the time.
     
  8. whatbout2morrow

    whatbout2morrow Is there anything you would not do for your family 7+ Year Member

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    You can take Orgo without completing both gen chems?
     
  9. Boolean

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    Seconded. Didn't know you could do this. Again, doable, but it will certainly be a lesson in time management.
     
  10. A Doctor Maybe

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    Nice catch... I made an error in typing my schedule. I have updated accordingly.

    Orgo 1 will take place in summer session 2 after I've completed both gen chems.
     
  11. Afford

    Afford 2+ Year Member

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    Seems fine to me. Sticking with 4 classes per semester is perfectly doable.
     
  12. Judson

    Judson Southbound 2+ Year Member

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    The schedule is certainly doable, but don't neglect extracurriculars, volunteer hours, research, shadowing, etc. Those are what will give you a truly unique application.
     
  13. A Doctor Maybe

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    I have non-healthcare volunteer hours from the past couple years already. I plan to shadow this winter and next winter. On top of that I am pretty involved in extracurricular on campus. I will, however, need to get in healthcare volunteering hours one summer as well.

    I probably will pass on research and hope it doesn't keep me from getting interviews/acceptances, though.
     
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  14. Ace Khalifa

    Ace Khalifa I am the definition of awesomeness 2+ Year Member

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    It's okay not to have research. I didn't, and I have had 3 interviews already, plus another one coming.
     
  15. DoctorCheesy

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    Correct me if I'm wrong, but does genetics = Bio2?
     
  16. Kochanie

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    I think it varies from school to school.
     
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  17. A Doctor Maybe

    A Doctor Maybe

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    Good to hear! :)

    Thanks!
     
  18. A Doctor Maybe

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    At my school they have us take genetics instead of principles of bio II for pre-med.
     
  19. jbuc1081

    jbuc1081 NOT THE BEES!!!!! 2+ Year Member

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    This is exactly how my schedule was with only a few exceptions. I took biochem 1 and 2 with cell bio, animal behavior, and neuropsychology in the same semester. My cGPA was a 3.56, but my sGPA was a 3.87. It's definitely doable.
     
  20. Kochanie

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    Ah!
     
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  21. grivacobae

    grivacobae Whatascrub 2+ Year Member

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    They probably had her skip bio 2 since not much of it is on the MCAT and since she won't be getting a degree in Biology, bio 2 isn't required for her, so Genetics would be more beneficial in her case. This was my case, Finance major and skipped bio2 to Genetics, though I switched to Micro/Immuno and had to take bio 2...
     
  22. Gregor Wiesmann

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    I wouldn't attempt a schedule like that, but then again you might be smarter than me. However, why on earth are you making this a whole "I have to get these prereqs done in x years" game? Do you realize that people decide to go to Medical in their 40's because they don't like the daily routines of their office jobs? This isn't a race......
     
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  23. Aerus

    Aerus Elemental Alchemist 5+ Year Member

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    Did you already graduate? Your schedule literally looks like you're majoring in solely "premed" and I've seen premed majors with a lot more classes than this.
     
  24. A Doctor Maybe

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    I will be graduating from business school upon completion of these pre-med classes. I could graduate this year with a double business major if I don't pursue the path to medical school.
     
  25. A Doctor Maybe

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    My parents are pretty strongly against this. I can convince them to let me stay a 5th year (on my own dollar) but if I take longer than that they are going to essentially abandon me in this area.
     
  26. litotes

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    Yeah it looks doable for sure.. all those labs are gonna suck though. I guess it depends on how much time they take per school but I'm absolutely hating having just two labs this semester (physicsI and orgoII)
     
  27. A Doctor Maybe

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    As long as it can be done. I don't have much of a social life as it is so it would just mean less video games if anything, haha!
     
  28. Gregor Wiesmann

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    Have your parents applied to Medical school before?
     
  29. Aerus

    Aerus Elemental Alchemist 5+ Year Member

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    Even if they did apply to medical schools, I'm sure they're still too far enough removed from the process to understand.
     
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  30. mysdnhandle

    mysdnhandle Joe the Plumber Banned

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    There's only one way to find out!
     
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  31. A Doctor Maybe

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    My parents did not, which is why they are against this. Specifically, My dad tells me I'm not smart enough, as "doctors come from doctor families, which we are not." I just tell him my grandpa was a dentist from HYP but he says that is too far removed and doesn't count.

    The entire thing is ridiculous lol
     
  32. Gregor Wiesmann

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    Your parents sound like they're fun at parties hah! If you read a bunch of threads on SDN, you will see that there are people who failed high school/college and then went on to become Doctors. Basically, if you want to become a Physician, you will.......and that's the end of the story.
     
  33. A8Health

    A8Health 2+ Year Member

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    are you going to self-study psych & sociology?
     
  34. Avicenna

    Avicenna Banned Banned Gold Donor 2+ Year Member

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  35. A Doctor Maybe

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    Yes.
     
  36. moisne

    moisne 2+ Year Member

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    It depends on your intelligence level and how much you procrastinate ...

    I have seen students do pre med/BS degree in 2 years (one did it while working 15+ hr/week and taking 25+ credit hours per semester) and some do it in 5+ years.
     

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